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Coronavirus Misinformation: Weekly Briefings

Given the evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—and public understanding of the crises—we provide a weekly briefing about the spread of coronavirus information across multiple social media platforms. We will be posting all coronavirus briefings to this page, so check back regularly for our ...

2020-06-01T12:19:00+01:00June 1st, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Comment: AI can battle coronavirus, but privacy shouldn’t be a casualty

Lisa-Maria Neudert and Philip Howard write in TechCrunch about the risks that accompany AI-driven solutions to the global health crisis: It is evident that data revealing the health and geolocation of citizens is as personal as it gets. The potential benefits weigh heavy, but so ...

2020-05-28T12:02:56+01:00May 28th, 2020|In the News, Press|

Coronavirus News and Information on YouTube: A Content Analysis of Popular Search Terms

Social media is reshaping how people access information about the coronavirus crisis. The online video-sharing website YouTube has emerged as a major purveyor of health and wellbeing information. In this memo, we examine the nature and structural properties of a sample of 320 YouTube videos ...

2020-06-05T12:41:55+01:00April 17th, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Washington Post coverage: State-backed news sources and coronavirus

The latest ComProp memo on coronavirus coverage by state-backed English-language news sources was covered by the Washington Post: As the coronavirus pandemic has forced people across the globe to stay inside — and spend more time scanning the news — state-sponsored media outlets have tried ...

2020-04-16T16:58:01+01:00April 16th, 2020|In the News, Press|

Coronavirus Coverage by State-Backed English-Language News Sources

In this data memo, we examine the distribution of health-related news and information on social media of the English-language news outlets backed by the governments of China, Iran, Russia and Turkey. We measure the social distribution networks used on Twitter and Facebook and the levels ...

2020-04-17T13:31:02+01:00April 9th, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Press: Mona Elswah quoted in FT piece on COVID-19 in MENA region

ComProp researcher Mona Elswah spoke to the Financial Times about narratives circulating in the MENA region on COVID-19. Across the Middle East, appeals for intergenerational solidarity helped turn the tide, reckons Mona Elswah, a researcher at the computational propaganda project at the Oxford Internet Institute. ...

2020-04-08T15:05:33+01:00April 8th, 2020|In the News, Press|

The Challenges of Monitoring Social Media in the Arab World: The Case of the 2019 Tunisian Elections

Tunisian civil society groups raised alarms about the spread of disinformation and hate speech during the 2019 elections. These concerns centered around the legal and technical obstacles faced by Tunisian civil society actors monitoring elections on social media. We interviewed civil society leaders and digital ...

2020-03-22T20:38:37+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Radio: “Did Russia leak British secrets online?” featuring comments by Lisa-Maria Neudert

Lisa-Maria Neudert spoke to the BBC World Service about the leaking of confidential UK government documents on the eve of the 2019 election. She connected this leak to similar events that have occurred in the last few years: "It's not the first time that we've ...

2020-03-10T12:10:01+00:00March 10th, 2020|Press, Radio & Television|

The ComProp Navigator: A resource guide for civil society

The ComProp Navigator is a new online resource guide for civil society groups looking to better deal with the problem of disinformation. Users select their areas of concern, and the site directs them to free online resources, curated by civil society practitioners and ComProp researchers. ...

2020-01-03T16:09:37+00:00December 10th, 2019|Impact, Presentations & Talks|